Though it’s one of the few birthdays we are all guaranteed to forget, many parents love to pull out all the stops and splash out on a big celebration of their precious bundle’s first lap around the sun.
What happens however, when ‘splashing out’ translates to over $100k spent on a party for a baby?
You get a whole lot of hate online as a celebrity pair discovered when their extremely extravagant bash drew the kind of attention they were probably not anticipating.
Champion boxer Amir Khan is known globally for his impressive fists, and Faryal Makhdoom is a big time Instagram personality with over 800k followers thanks to her cosmetic line and makeup tutorials.
Now however, the pair are making headlines of a different kind.
The loved-up parents recently celebrated their second daughter Alayna’s first birthday with an eye popping display that broke the bank with a jaw-dropping $140k spent in total.
The world’s lushest rainforest?
The party was rainforest-themed, and appropriately lush in more ways than one.
Incorporating full-length banquet tables, realistic foliage and jungle props, the piece de resistance was a dizzying five tier jungle-themed cake.
The entire room surrounded a jungle-themed dance floor complete with hired ‘animal’ dancers and suspended paper butterflies.
The makeup entrepreneur and sports star hired out a whole stadium at a northern English university to make the birthday dream a reality.
They were also unafraid to call a spade a spade, hiring the help of Opulence Events London, a company that describes itself with the tagline, “Luxury Event Planning & Design”.
The huge expense has caused some serious drama in the Makhdoom Khan clan however, with the biggest critic being the ever outspoken Shah Khan, father of Amir.
The irate grandpa told The Daily Mail he was neither invited to, nor did he approve of the expensive function.
“An awful lot of money was spent on the party and I feel it could have been better used. It seems a bit excessive to me,” he said.
“Every parent wants the best for their kids but what Amir has spent is quite ridiculous.”
Faryal hit back saying she didn’t have to justify her spending as a hard-working success story.
“I work really hard and so does my husband,” she told Loose Women, adding that it was only fair to give both her girls a special party.
'I think it was only fair because I did one for my oldest daughter.”
A taste for the extravagant
It’s not even the most extravagant event the couple have thrown.
They’ve previously used the stadium to host their $270k engagement party, and a second birthday party for eldest daughter Lamaisah.
Lamaisah’s bash actually cost more than her baby sister’s at almost $180k.
If anything, the first birthday is something of a cutback for the pair, and it doesn’t look like they’re slowing up with the proud mum boasting of future sixteenths and weddings on the agenda.
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